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Samsung Soul U900 review

7/10 AVG.
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7/10
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The Samsung Soul U900 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Samsung Soul was first announced on February 8, 2008 and is scheduled for European release in April. The Soul is considered the 'flagship' model in Samsung's 2008 lineup and marks the completion of the ‘Ultra Edition’ series of handsets. In fact, according to Samsung, Soul is an abbreviation of “The Spirit Of Ultra".

Key features of the Samsung Soul include 7.2 Mbps HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion slot, a dedicated Google key for Google search and mail, RSS reader, FM radio with RDS and a built in music player with a digital power amplifier by Bang & Olufsen called ICEpower® which is designed to make audio playback more enjoyable.

The built in camera is a 5.0 megapixel shooter with 4x digital zoom, image stabilization, face recognition and a Power LED flash.

Perhaps the Soul's most unique feature is called Magical Touch. Magical Touch by DaCP™ is a touch control navigation system whereby the indicators change according to the current function. For example, when in music mode, music related icons will light up on the navigation indicators. When in camera mode, camera related icons such as zoom and brightness icons will appear.

All of this comes in a metal clad slider design that, like its ‘Ultra Edition’ siblings, wins in the thickness thinness department, measuring a mere 1.3 cm.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Samsung U900 Soul is quite a capable performer and the sleek looks are a well appreciated bonus. Having spent that extra time with it, we can still testify that the first impression holds. The Soul does have its issues here and there, which just couldn't have escaped the scrutiny of a detailed revie...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Wired

Before we got our mitts on this much-hyped, 5-megapixel Korean import, we were slightly skeptical. Sure, we got to play with it a little at CTIA (when it was just called the Soul) and were instantly cast under a spell of gadget lust. But really, anytime a manufacturer dubs a product "Magic" we're se...

- Steven Leckart , Wired
MobileBurn

We're not quite half way through 2008 yet, but it looks like we might have found a contender for the best non-smartphone of the year.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn


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Samsung released the Soul U900 on February 8, 2008.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Soul U900 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Soul U900 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.2"

The Samsung Soul U900's screen size is 2.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
106 MB

Internal memory is 106 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 8.5 days standby time.

Soul U900 Specs

Overview
Release date February 8, 2008
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 106 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.39 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 8.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Silver (metal body)
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.6 x 5.0 x 1.3 cm (4.2 x 2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 95 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Choose from 3 different graphic user interfaces (GUI) options or create your own skins with the on-h
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Face detection, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-U900

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

The Soul is supposed to impress with overall performance rather than one-of-a-kind functionality

Samsung U900 Soul is quite a capable performer and the sleek looks are a well appreciated bonus. Having spent that extra time with it, we can still testify that the first impression holds. The Soul does have its issues here and there, which just couldn't have escaped the scrutiny of a detailed review. But hey, we won't be the one to cast the first stone. So, if you can put up with the small-capacity battery and the handicapped web browser, Samsung U900 Soul can just be your next favorite handset. Even at this pre-release stage, the U900 has a camera capable of remarkable picture quality. You can also enjoy the texting-friendly keypad....

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Samsung U900 Soul is quite a capable performer and the sleek looks are a well appreciated bonus. Having spent that extra time with it, we can still testify that the first impression holds. The Soul does have its issues here and there, which just couldn't have escaped the scrutiny of a detailed review. But hey, we won't be the one to cast the first stone. So, if you can put up with the small-capacity battery and the handicapped web browser, Samsung U900 Soul can just be your next favorite handset. Even at this pre-release stage, the U900 has a camera capable of remarkable picture quality. You can also enjoy the texting-friendly keypad.

The touchpad of Samsung U900 Soul is not as capable as the InteractPad of LG KF600 but it was never meant to be. The Soul is supposed to impress with overall performance rather than one-of-a-kind functionality and it does the job, big time. With the release date just around the corner (14th April), all we're waiting for is the price tag. It's what stands between promising and bestseller.

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Wired

Doesn't really have any supernatural abilities

from Wired

Before we got our mitts on this much-hyped, 5-megapixel Korean import, we were slightly skeptical. Sure, we got to play with it a little at CTIA (when it was just called the Soul) and were instantly cast under a spell of gadget lust. But really, anytime a manufacturer dubs a product "Magic" we're secretly hoping it has the ability to turn PCs into Macs and make Edge networks disappear...

More

Before we got our mitts on this much-hyped, 5-megapixel Korean import, we were slightly skeptical. Sure, we got to play with it a little at CTIA (when it was just called the Soul) and were instantly cast under a spell of gadget lust. But really, anytime a manufacturer dubs a product "Magic" we're secretly hoping it has the ability to turn PCs into Macs and make Edge networks disappear.

The Samsung U900, aka Soul, aka Magical Touch, doesn't really have any supernatural abilities. What it does have is a tiny, touch-sensitive OLED nav-pad that is one of the coolest, most efficient touch interfaces we've seen on a handset. The small display (situated below the main 2.2-inch QVGA screen) features icons that morph based on whatever application is currently on the screen. Switch to camera mode and controls for snapping pictures appear. Toggle to the music player and buttons for fast forward, rewind, pause and play pop up.

But unlike David Blaine or (shudder) Criss Angel, this genteel stainless-steel slider boasts more than just a handful of cheap tricks.

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MobileBurn

Fantastic all-around multimedia cellphone

from MobileBurn

The SGH-U900 Soul is a fantastic all-around multimedia cellphone. The camera takes photos that are far better than even Samsung's own photo-focused G800 can muster, and the music player and most of the other major functions work equally well. Except for the email client, that is. When you add to that a very slick and customizable user interface, and the new morphing touchpad controller, you have yourself a capable device. Package that into a slick little metal body, and well, you have yourself a winner.

And that, quite simply, is what the Soul is: a winner. We're not quite half way through 2008 yet, but it looks like we might have found a contender for the best non-smartphone of the year. The Soul is really that good. As such, we give it a "Highly Recommended" rating....

More

The SGH-U900 Soul is a fantastic all-around multimedia cellphone. The camera takes photos that are far better than even Samsung's own photo-focused G800 can muster, and the music player and most of the other major functions work equally well. Except for the email client, that is. When you add to that a very slick and customizable user interface, and the new morphing touchpad controller, you have yourself a capable device. Package that into a slick little metal body, and well, you have yourself a winner.

And that, quite simply, is what the Soul is: a winner. We're not quite half way through 2008 yet, but it looks like we might have found a contender for the best non-smartphone of the year. The Soul is really that good. As such, we give it a "Highly Recommended" rating.

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